What is the Modified Mediterranean Diet Pilot?
X-PERT Health is working with GPs in West Birmingham to pilot an education programme for people with Type 2 diabetes. The programme is based around a low carbohydrate diet commonly called the Modified Mediterranean Diet. In studies elsewhere in the UK people with Type 2 diabetes following a low carbohydrate diet have seen improvements in diabetic control and cholesterol levels and reductions in body fat and weight.
If I take part in the pilot what will I have to do?
The pilot is open to people over 17 years of age with Type 2 diabetes who are registered with a participating practice. If you take part in the pilot you will need to
- Attend an appointment with your GP to
- get some blood tests and be weighed and measured
- sign a consent form
- learn about managing your medication when you start the diet
- Attend 8 group teaching session with one of our X-PERT educators to
- learn more about diabetes
- learn about the Modified Mediterranean Diet and other lifestyle changes that can help you feel healthier and improve your feeling of wellbeing
- Monitor you blood sugars at home
- Go to your practice for blood tests and other measurements 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after you begin the diet.
What benefit will I get from taking part in this pilot programme?
In other programmes like this one many people have found that they have lost weight, improved their cholesterol and blood sugar levels and have been able to reduce the amount of medication they take.
The Modified Mediterranean Diet is tasty and produces a satisfying fullness whereas low fat/low calorie diets are often bland and unsatisfying – not to mention the fact that low fat diets are usually high in sugar. By sticking to the recommended foods, by eating only when hungry and by stopping eating when full, it is not usually necessary to weigh your food or to count calories, again making this approach easier to live with.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t take part in this programme?
This pilot programme is not suitable for you if you
- Do not have a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes
- Are under 18 years of age
- Are pregnant or intend to become pregnant in the next 12 months
- Currently have cancer of any kind
- Have ever had a stroke or TIA (Transient Ischaemic Attack) / mini-stroke)
- Have been told you have ischaemic heart disease (IHD)
I’m interested in taking part in this programme. What do I do now?
If you would like to take part in the programme please call your practice and tell them that you want to be considered for the Modified Mediterranean Diet programme. They will ask you a few questions and then arrange an induction appointment for you in January or February 2018.